Loro Parque Foundation Press Release: 23 December 2002

Almost Extinct Parrot Gets New Recruit 

Editors Note: It is interesting to note that this press release came out almost immediately after the one from the World Parrot Trust, but there is no mention of the large role that the WPT played in discovering and returning the Spix's macaw to Brazil, only that of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This press release informs of the Loro Parque's role in the newly reformulated Spix's macaw recovery program (which does not include any private owners). There should no longer be any doubt as to who is controlling the Brazilian position on the matter of the Spix's macaw program. 


  World Parrot Trust Press Release: 22 December 2002

Going Home:  World's Rarest Parrot Discovered in Colorado Living Room: Repatriated to Breeding Program in Brazil after 25 Years Underground


Editors Note: The World Parrot Trust was the organization that was contacted about sending this bird to Brazil. They were able to arrange the transfer and the necessary permits to get this accomplished. That is commendable and we congratulate them for this effort.  We also wish to congratulate the US Fish and Wildlife Service for their willingness to expedite the permitting process to achieve this result. This is wonderful!

This discovery is extremely important as it is the first Spix's macaw to be "found" that is outside of the original birds that became part of the Spix's macaw program initiated by the now disbanded Committee for the Recovery of the Spix's Macaw, formed by IBAMA in 1990. It is tragic that this bird could not have been incorporated into the original breeding program. Demographic data on the Spix's macaw shows that many of the birds that have died, did so in the 23 and older year range. As this is a very tame bird that has been kept with a companion amazon parrot for many years, it is critical that this bird is paired up as soon as possible in the possible event that he breeds. However, despite notices to the contrary, there is no appropriate female to breed him with at this time in the Brazilian program.

   IBAMA Press Release: 18 December 2002

"Spix's Macaw found in the United States arrives in São Paulo"

Editors Note: This is the second time that IBAMA has distributed this notice that a Spix's macaw from the US was to be returned to Brazil. It is hoped that this time it will be the case. This is important as this is actually the first Spix's macaw to be "found" that is outside of the original legal birds (and their descendants) that became part of the original Spix's macaw program initiated by the former Committee for the Recovery of the Spix's Macaw, formed by IBAMA in 1990. The amnesty designed by that committee was supposed to address exactly this type of situation where a bird is maintained "underground". Unfortunately no one took advantage of it. It is a pity that this bird could not have been incorporated into the original breeding program at that time as it could have been part of a potentially reproductive group for over ten years, when he was younger. Apparently he is feather picked and quite tame as it was a pet. More information will be posted as it becomes available. 


   Loro Parque Fundación Press Release: 24 September 2002

 "Rarest Bird in World Goes Home"  

Editor's Note: This press release celebrates the "donation" of a female Spix's Macaw to Brazil for breeding by Loro Parque. However, the background information explains the true situation. This female was sent to Loro Parque as part of the Spix's Macaw breeding program in 1995, but to no success. After the male she was paired with died in December of 2000, a recommendation to pair her with another male in Brazil was made by the studbook keeper, N. Schischakin in February 2001 and initially rejected by Loro Parque in the Committee meeting in Brasilia. It is great that she has made it back to Brazil and will finally be paired. 


   IBAMA Press Release: 22 September 2002

"Spix's Macaw arrives in Brazil next Wednesday to try at pairing"

Editor's Note: This press release from IBAMA that notified of the arrival of the female Spix's macaw from Loro Parque in Tenerife, Spain. This was actually her return to Brazil after having spent seven years at Loro Parque in an unsuccessful attempt to breed her. There are a number of area of concern that this press release highlights. In particular what appears to be a total disregard of security through the distribution of the location address and what appears to be an exaggerated emphasis public relations and media access. However, it is great that she will finally be paired up with a male that is a proven breeder. 


   IBAMA Press Release: 17 July 2002

"IBAMA Dissolves Spix's Macaw Committee"  

Editor's Note: The disbandment of the Committee came after IBAMA demanded the return of the "property" of Spix's macaws to the Brazilian government. This is despite the fact that all of the birds are legally owned and all those now living, except for 1 old male, have been captive-bred. It is important to note that almost all of the successful breeding has occurred in the privately owned collections that now hold nearly 90% of the world's population. A campaign to force the owners to return the ownership has been initiated by IBAMA and the Loro Parque Fundación. 












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